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Once They Moved

30 Jun

Now that I had the moms where they needed to be, that still left me with a couple of problems.  I needed to get Astra on this side so I could milk her.

Astra (Haley in the back)

It was actually pretty easy to just open the panel by the cattle tank and let her come through.

Three generations: Pretzel, Moira, and Astra

Unfortunately, Astra and Perdita had to be separated again because she thought she should nurse her maa again, and Astra let her.

Astra and Perdita

I put her back on the other side with the rest of the herd.

Perdita, Aurora, and Daisy (I think the kid is Tippy)

Then I wanted to bring Dolly over too.  She’s been getting to come in and eat sweet feed everyday, and I wanted to continue that.  But she and Zinnia were being a bit difficult.

Zinnia and Dolly

Eventually, I got her in too.

I also had to do something with the geese.  The moms and babies can go everywhere, but the dads can’t get back and forth.  I decided I would put them away from the new kids.  I moved pools and so far it’s working out.  I think that’s all the moving around I had to do.  Trust me, that was plenty for this round of moving goats.

two of the babies

Now, I get to continue trying to keep track of kids out on the pasture with all that tall, thick grass.  So far, that has been going well.

Joani (back), Moira and Pretzel

The other problem is that the move did not help with Tiger getting his head stuck.

Tiger the second time I had to cut him out

I actually have had to cut him out of the fence twice.

You’ll notice he has duct tape on his horns, but he managed to rip the horn apparatus off.

I do not know what I’m going to do with this boy until I can get him sold.

I’m going to give the kids two or three weeks to be able to keep up with their moms, and then I can move them onto the Back Forty.

News Travels Fast

9 Mar

Since the weather was so nice last weekend and it was supposed to be even nicer at the start of the week, I figured it was the perfect time to start trying to catch up on hooves.

Some of them are bad from the mud and white line disease.

I started by inviting Ava into the milk room.  As a milking doe, she would be easy.

Ava

I kid you not, by the time I finished her feet, I had all my old milking girls and spoiled old ladies waiting for their turn.

milking does, retired milking does, and Pluto

Dolly was next.

Dolly

By then, everyone had figured out it was an open milk room.  I’m not even going to pretend it doesn’t scare me that Moose might figure out how to open the door.

Moose and a bunch of the girls waiting to see if they will get to come in.

If he had an opposable thumb, he’d already have it.  This boy is too smart for my good.

Anyhow, it didn’t take long to have twelve girls done, and my back was ready for a break.  By the way, when I had Tansy in there, I managed to do an udder check, and I am sure she did not settle with oopsie babies.

Tansy

But I opened the door to find Gidget standing there alone, so I invited her in.  That means I got thirteen finished!

Gidget

Do you want to know who has the worst feet on the farm?  Joani.

The “go-ahead-and-catch-me-if-you-think-you-can” look

Do  you know who I didn’t get to come in?  Joani.    Do you know who I couldn’t catch to do her feet?  Joani.

The smug “I told you so” look.

Brat.  Later when I went out, I caught her sleeping so soundly that she didn’t even hear me.

So she got her feet trimmed!  Ha!  I win!  I really did get a lot of them done over the weekend (25 sets), and I’ll keep working on them.

Thankful

26 Nov

It’s been quite the year between pandemic, virtual teaching, derecho, mom’s heart attack, drought, old goats, copper deficiency…but I still have much to be grateful for.

Goofy dog, Sky

My new mailbox!

Popcorn and Bob keeping me company

My Dolly

Cinnamon

Onyx doing well without the horn apparatus

Fat wethers, Myson and Casey

My little gurl Purl

I hope this finds you all blessed as well.